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Living Rev. Euro. Gov. 3 (2008), 2

The Europeanisation of national political systems: Parliaments and executives

1 University of Potsdam, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, August-Bebel-Strasse 89, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
2 University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

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This article reviews the by now extensive literature on the Europeanisation of the political systems of the EU-15, with an emphasis on parliaments and executives (i.e., governments and ministerial administrations). The Living Review highlights apparently contradictory effects of integration: de-parlamentarisation re-parlamentarisation; bureaucratisation politicisation; and centralisation diffusion. These diverging assessments of the effects of integration do, in part, reflect diversity in the EU-15; in part, they are, however, also a result of differences in the specification of variables, research designs and theoretical approaches. Work that inquires into patterns of Europeanisation - across institutional domains, countries, regions and time - and which seeks to tackle the `methodological nationalism' of the Europeanisation literature promises a clearer picture of the institutional consequences of European integration than we possess at present.

Keywords: leadership, democracy, policy coordination, administrative adaptation, governance, public administration, Europeanization, national parliaments, diversity/homogeneity

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Title The Europeanisation of national political systems: Parliaments and executives
Author Klaus H. Goetz / Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling
Date accepted 20 March 2008, published 30 June 2008

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